Knitting

Instant Hatification – Stranded for Stranded

I watch a great podcast by Amy Florence – of Stranded Dyeworks. Amy is a very talented knitter and her podcast is really informative. Recently she’s been knitting Dipyrmid hats, this is a colour work hat knitted in the round from the bottom up using two colours. I love Amy’s examples of the hats, she uses her colour ways in different variegated and a semisolid yarn. I have a hank of Amy’s DK super wash merino in my treasured stash in the colourway ‘Naive Watercolour’ I’m pairing it with a bright blue hank of John Arbon’s organically farmed Falkland merino number ‘KBN37’. I’m hoping it’s going to work… There’s something that doesn’t quite add up with the pairing at the moment but we will see what starts to happen with my colour work starts… between then and now I have 4″ of ribbing!!

Ive put together a hank of grey KBN03 and Amy’s Mettlesome too if I like the first hat although I may end up mixing and matching… grey with the Naive Watercolour… decisions decisions! I’ve not knitted a colourwork hat or indeed any hat really without changing the needle size between the main hat and the ribbing… normally I go down a needle size for ribbing, this pattern doesn’t. I’m definitely putting in a lifeline and going up a needle size for the colourwork… We’ll see ow it goes. I’m knitting this for a prezzie… If it doesn’t work it’ll be mine (unless I can be bothered to rip it back) I’m my own worst enemy, I rarely swatch.

Needles – 3.25 mm Lykke 3.5″ small needles and then changing to 3.5mm for the colourwork as I know I knit a tighter gauge with colourwork and I want the hat to have some slouch to it.

This will be my first attempt using slippery yarn for colourwork… It might go terribly badly and end up being a blocked colour cable hat… but you never know! Thinking I may also need to use the longer 5″ needle tips to make sure that I’m getting the floats long enough.

Knitting, WIP Wednesday

WIP Wednesday – Father Cables

As part of today’s WIP Wednesday I thought I would introduce you to my latest project…

So I’ve been carrying around a white alpaca pom-pom and a hank of ‘The Fibre Company’ Cumbria DK for over a month now waiting to turn them into a Father Cables hat by YOTH. I’ve been toying with the idea of coming up with a way of knitting a top down version as I want a deeper brim and as little waste as possible. Instead though I’ve opted for a preliminary cast on and I’ll go back after finishing the chart and knit as big a brim as I can and use up what’s left (hence the interesting stripe of bright green along the bottom of the hat)

I’m not sure if this is going to work but there’s only one way to find out!

The Yarn:

The Fibre Co – Cumbria DK – A blend of masham, merino and mohair… It’s turning out beautifully. I have recently been trying to experiment more with different types of fleece and yarns so that I can further my knowledge and develop a better understanding of what’s available. I’m really enjoying this voyage of discovery and it’s opened my eyes to a lot of sheep breeds that I wouldn’t have been aware of.

The Pattern:

As I used a different cast on method that I’ve going back to later it seemed like a lot of stitches but the cables really do start to pull everything together quite quickly. This pattern is available for free on the YOTH website. I was drawn to it because I really like the open cablework in the middle and the lack of repeated cables and generic braids. There is noting nicer to sit and knit on a cool autumn day than a few cables!

Although it’s the random movement of the cables that first drew me to this pattern I’m finding it a more involving knit than most of the hats I’ve knitted. This isn’t a bad thing as it keeps you involved in the pattern but it’s not knit night knitting as you do need to follow the charts and mark out clearly where you are.

As with a lot of repeating patterns I am finding that stitch markers in this case are essential to keep track of my progress…. Especially when knitting and TV watching!

Techniques Used:

Cabling without a needle:

Crochet cast on over your needle

Supplies:

Yarn – The Fibre Co, Cumbria DK purchased from A Yarn Story in Bath

Needles – Interchangeable LYKKE needles

Stitch markers – Bulb pin stitch markers in a variety of different colours available from Riverknits

Pattern – YOTH Father Cables available from their website

Pom Pom – Super soft white fluffy alpaca Pom Pom (not yet pictured) also purchased from A Yarn Story

I very much doubt this will be a finished object this week as I’m about to start switching for another project but you never know!

Hope your WIP’s aren’t getting you down,

Happy knitting

Nu x

FO Friday, Knitting

Azula for Fionnghuala

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWe have another FO! I’m on a roll this month… Well maybe not a roll, more of a gentle tumble down a grassy bank but we are getting through projects slowly!

This project was a bit of a cheat however as I cast it on and completed it in two days… So no further with my mountain of WIP’s but damn I’m chuffed with this one!

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It’s from a recently released pattern collection by Woolly Wormhead and is available on her website and though Ravelry. The collection consist of 5 hats, each with an element as inspiration. The hats are constructed sideways, shaped with short rows and then grafted together… genius!

I couldn’t be happier with my hat… Woolly’s patterns are incredibly easy to follow, very intuitive and for a first time sideways hat knitter I’m really impressed with the outcome. I can’t recommend this collection enough. Knitted in DK weight yarn too they would be the perfect christmas knits for friends and family… That might be dangerous though as I really can’t see me gifting any of this beautiful collection.

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“Graftin” – After spending a lot more of the summer than I care to admit sucked into ‘Love Island’ (I blame my husband… He started the car crash TV watching with last years!) Grafting to me means working hard to win someones affection… Woolly you’ve saved me from this terrible slang! Grafting is actually a pleasant experience and (as long as you have the right amount of stitches on each needles) is easy to complete, satisfying and finishes off a project neatly without drama… It in no way includes sordid love triangles and half naked 20 somethings with a whole summer burn… literally! I digress…

Everyone needs to knit one of these, they really are a  new and engaging way to create and shape hats… Just fantastic.

Happy Knitting!

With Love

Nu

 

P.S – In case you’re all wondering – Fionnghuala is my full name, it’s Irish and not as all as unpronounceable as it definitely looks – “Finoola”